Gen.G, Eastern Michigan University Join Forces for Summer Esports Programming

By Uloop Staff on July 17, 2021

Gen.G, the global esports organization, and Eastern Michigan University (EMU) have announced a new slate of esports programming to gather students, alumni and local community members, according to a recent press release. Events will include a Summer Showdown Tournament, an esports summer camp, and a Gaming Career Speaker Series.

The Summer Showdown Tournament is an invitational tournament for 5v5 League of Legends on July 24-25 and 3v3 Rocket League on July 31-August 1. Local universities, high schools, as well as other collegiate teams outside the region with strong performances will be invited to participate. Spectators will be able to watch matches on the EMU Esports Twitch channel. Students from the esports program will also curate up to 20 hours of additional weekly Twitch programming on the official EMU Esports Twitch page.

“Eastern Michigan University created several innovative gaming programs — for prospective and current students, and alums — last year even while students were studying remotely,” said Chris Park, Gen.G’s CEO. “We are thrilled to continue that great work together this summer in a big way.”

Other upcoming programming includes the revival of the Eagles Gaming Club, EMU’s on-campus esports club, by students that will bring curated events to the EMU community. Those interested can reach out to the club via Discord.

“The overall interest among students in collegiate esports is reaching new levels every year,” said EMU President, James Smith. “Having Gen.G, a recognized international leader in the esports world, as a partner is a tremendous asset to the University and our students. Engaging students in gaming competitions is a fun and exciting way to create new friendships as well as establish campus pride. Even more significant, from my standpoint, are the opportunities to share with our students the many career prospects in the exploding esports industry – which can include everything from arts and graphics, to business and marketing, to science, cybersecurity and technology.”

EMU and Gen.G have also launched an esports summer camp. Registration is still open and those interested can sign up here.

Fresh off of their victory in the Temmo cup, EMU will continue to support competitive teams in various leagues during the 2021-2022 school year.

Heading into the end of summer, EMU will also host a Gaming Careers Speaker Series, which will teach students across various majors how they can apply their traditional degree to the gaming industry and seek other professional opportunities in the space.

The university encourages local high school students, alumni and community members to participate in events at EMU Esports to get a better feel for campus life and enjoy the gaming community.

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